Residence Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes (II.D.1)

Volume II: Business and Finance
Chapter D: Tuition and Scholarships
Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Responsible Office: Office of the Registrar
Date Issued: See history
Date Last Revised: July 8, 2015


Statement of Policy
Reason for This Policy
Individuals and Entities Affected by This Policy
Who Should Know This Policy
Website Address for This Policy
Related Documents, Forms, and Tools
History and Updates


This policy establishes the principles and procedures by which Students will be classified as Residents or non-Residents by Purdue University for tuition and fee purposes. An individual could be considered a legal resident of the state of Indiana for specific purposes, such as paying taxes, obtaining a driver's license, voting in Indiana elections, or running for public office, but not qualify as a Resident for Resident Student status.

The assessment of tuition and fees for a given session is based upon the Student's residence classification prior to the first day of classes for that session. The initial classification of a Student for tuition purposes will continue in effect for subsequent academic sessions unless and until such classification is changed.

The University will consider each Student's individual situation. University representatives responsible for determining residence classification are authorized to require such certificates, affidavits, documents, or other evidence as they deem necessary for both the initial classification of a Student and any subsequent requests by the Student to change residence classification. In all cases, the burden of proof is on the Student making a claim to Resident Student status.


The Indiana legislature, through state statute, has delegated to Indiana's institutions of higher education the authority to determine when a person becomes eligible for Resident Student status for the purpose of paying fees at the university. As a land-grant, state-supported institution of higher education, Purdue University recognizes the significance of the issue of residence classification. Therefore, its Board of Trustees has established different tuition and fee rates for Residents and non-Residents.


All campuses and Students of Purdue University.


Board of Trustees
Vice Presidents
Vice Chancellors
Vice Provosts


There are no exclusions to this policy.



SubjectContactTelephoneE-mail/Web Address
Policy Clarification Residency and Curriculum Specialist (765) 496-0509
Calumet Campus Assistance Office of the Registrar (219) 989-2210
Fort Wayne Campus Assistance Office of the Registrar (260) 481-6815
North Central Campus Assistance Office of the Registrar

(800) 872-1231 ext. 5459
West Lafayette Campus Assistance Office of the Registrar (765) 494-8581


Active Duty Military
Full-time service in the United States Armed Forces as defined by Indiana code (i.e., the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy) of more than 30 days in a calendar year.

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of The Trustees of Purdue University.

Chair of the Residence Appeal Committee
A member of the Residence Appeal Committee appointed by the President or Chancellor, or their designees, to chair the committee.

A person's permanent home. A person has only one Domicile at a time. Establishment of a new Domicile requires demonstration that the former Domicile has been abandoned with no intent to return. Regardless of age, a Student's Domicile is assumed to be that of his or her Parent(s) until such time as the Student becomes Emancipated.

Emancipated and Emancipation
The surrender by Parent(s) of the care and custody of the Student, as well as the renunciation of parental responsibilities, including financial support. A Student who is dependent upon his/her Parent(s) for financial support will not be considered Emancipated for the purpose of this policy regardless of the Student's age.

A Student claiming to be Emancipated will be requested to present satisfactory evidence that his or her Parent(s) has neither contributed significantly to his or her support nor claimed him or her as a dependent for federal or state income tax purposes during the period for which Emancipation is claimed.

The biological or adoptive mother or father of a Student, or any other individual who stands or stood in loco parentis (in place of the parent) to the Student when the Student was a child (i.e., less than 18 years of age). This term does not include an arrangement between a Student and another person made for the primary purpose of 1) obtaining Indiana Resident status under this or similar policy at an institution of higher education and/or 2) obtaining a high school education.

Predominant Purpose
Residence in the state of Indiana for a primary purpose other than attending an institution of higher education.

Residence Appeal Committee
A campus committee appointed at the discretion of the President or Chancellor, or their designees, tasked with reviewing and making final decisions on appeals to residence classification determinations for their campus.

For the purposes of this policy, a Resident is a Student who meets one the following criteria:

  1. A Student who is not Emancipated and whose Parent's Domicile is in Indiana 1) for a Predominant Purpose and 2) prior to the first day of classes of the academic session for which residence classification is sought.
  2. An Emancipated Student whose Domicile is in Indiana for 1) a Predominant Purpose and 2) at least 12 continuous months directly preceding the first day of classes of the academic session for which residence classification is sought.

For the purposes of this policy, a Student is a person admitted to the University.

University, Purdue, or Purdue University
Any campus, unit, program, association, or entity of Purdue University, including but not limited to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and Purdue College of Technology Statewide.


Chair of the Residence Appeal Committee
Receive appeals on residence classification determinations for his or her campus.

Dean of Admissions (or designee)
Determine the initial residence classification of each undergraduate and professional program Student on the West Lafayette campus and each Purdue College of Technology Statewide Student at the time the Student enters or re-enters the University.

Dean of the Graduate School (or designee)
Determine the initial residence classification of each graduate Student at the time the Student enters or re-enters the University.

Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine (or designee)
Determine residence classification of each applicant to the professional veterinary medical program.

Directors of Admissions (or designees)
Determine the initial residence classification of each undergraduate Student on his/her campus at the time the Student enters or re-enters the University.

Registrars (or designees)
Determine all residence reclassifications for continuously enrolled Students at his or her campus.

Residence Appeal Committee
Review decisions relative to residence classification for their campus, when appealed, and make final decisions relative to such cases.

Recommend to the Board of Trustees amendments to this policy.


  1. Determination of Residence Classification
    1. When determining a Student's residence classification, the University official will consider each Student's individual situation. Contributing conditions may include, but are not limited to:
      1. A move to Indiana a significant period of time (at least 12 months) prior to enrolling at an institution of higher education, during which time the Student (if Emancipated) is employed or engaged in a substantive activity unrelated to educational pursuits;
      2. Existence of non-academic reasons for coming to Indiana and abandoning the previous Domicile;
      3. Reliance on Indiana sources of income, paying Indiana income tax, and managing finances through Indiana financial institutions;
      4. Acceptance of an offer of permanent employment in Indiana;
      5. Admission to a licensed practicing profession in Indiana;
      6. Ownership of real estate in Indiana that is not typically owned by a Student;
      7. Other evidence that demonstrates Domicile in Indiana and/or Predominant Purpose.
    2. Examples of documentation that may be required during the residence classification process include, but are not limited to, a driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration, state and federal income tax returns, military orders or other documents specifically stationing a person to serve active duty in Indiana, and employment records.
    3. The following specific provisions apply when determining residence classification:
      1. A non-U.S. citizen will not be considered for residence classification under this policy unless the individual has been granted by the Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) either lawful permanent resident status or an immigration status that would permit the non-U.S. citizen to establish a Domicile in Indiana.
      2. A Student who is not Emancipated may be classified as a Resident Student without his or her parent(s) meeting the 12-month residency requirement if the parent(s) establishes residency in Indiana and clearly demonstrates that the move to Indiana was for Predominant Purpose.
      3. Indiana Residents and their dependent children who leave Indiana for reasons such as military assignment or employment reassignment (normally not to exceed four years) may maintain residence classification, provided said persons continue their Domicile in Indiana while away from the state.
      4. An honorably discharged United States Armed Forces veteran who was a resident of Indiana prior to joining the military, who was in the military for four years or less and changed his or her state of residence, and who applies for admission to Purdue University within six months following separation from the service will be considered a Resident for tuition and fee purposes after one academic session of enrollment, providing that such person applies for residence classification and takes necessary actions within the first academic session of enrollment to establish residency in the state of Indiana in accordance with this policy. The dependents of such person will be considered Residents under these conditions as well.
      5. If an individual establishes his or her Emancipated status for a period exceeding 12 months, the Emancipated status will be deemed permanent for the purpose of this policy.
      6. A significant change in family circumstances, such as a job transfer, death, loss of a job, health reasons, etc., may warrant consideration of reclassification for purposes of this policy.
      7. Notwithstanding any other rule, any non-Resident Active Duty United States Military personnel assigned to serve active duty in the state of Indiana and attending Purdue University is entitled to classification as an in-state Student for tuition purposes for the duration of the enrollment. A copy of the standing orders is required to substantiate this assignment. Dependents of such United States military personnel attending Purdue University also are entitled to classification as Indiana Residents for the duration of their enrollment.
      8. Once properly classified as a Resident, a Student will remain a Resident Student as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled in the University (subject to the provisions of section II). To be continuously enrolled, a Student must complete coursework in at least two academic sessions (excluding summer) during a consecutive 12-month period. If the Student is not continuously enrolled, his or her residence classification will be determined by: 1) the Parent's Domicile if the Student is not Emancipated or 2) the Student's Domicile if he or she is Emancipated.
  2. Changes from Non-Resident to Resident Classification

    The University will presume that the initial non-Resident classification is accurate until sufficient evidence is presented to the classifying official to warrant classification as a Resident.

    A Student's application for classification as a Resident must be submitted in writing on a form supplied by the registrar any time after the Domicile requirement has been met, including one year of consecutive residence, but no later than 15 business days after the first day of classes of the academic session for which classification is sought. A decision will be rendered no later than 30 business days after a complete application is filed.

  3. Changes from Resident to Non-Resident Classification

    If a Student is classified as a Resident, the University may initiate a reclassification inquiry based on changes in facts that would justify such an inquiry.

    If an Emancipated Student establishes and maintains a Domicile outside of the state of Indiana for a period of 12 consecutive months, the Student will be reclassified to non-Resident status at the end of the 12-month period. Reclassification will be effective beginning with the first academic session following the period of 12 consecutive months.

  4. Failure to Provide Adequate Information

    A Student who fails to notify the University of a change in factors or provides false information that might affect classification or reclassification from Resident to non-Resident will be required to pay any retroactive fees that would have been assessed. In addition, a Student who provides false information or conceals information for the purpose of maintaining or achieving Resident classification may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, as well as other penalties that may be prescribed by the law.

  5. Residence Classification Appeal

    A Student who is not satisfied with the determination concerning his or her residence classification may appeal the decision to the Residence Appeal Committee at the campus where he or she is enrolled. The appeal must be filed within 30 business days after the first day of classes of the academic session for which the determination is effective, or within 30 business days after the original decision has been reconsidered, whichever occurs later. Failure to file an appeal within this specified time limit will constitute a waiver of all claims for reconsideration for that academic session.

    The appeal must be in writing and include reasons for the appeal and a complete statement of the facts upon which the appeal is based. The written appeal must be forwarded to the Chair of the Residence Appeal Committee.

    Consistent with the general intent and purpose of this policy, the Residence Appeal Committee may uphold or reverse the decision of the classifying official. The committee is authorized to classify a Student as a Resident, though not meeting the specific requirements herein set forth, if the Student's situation presents unusual circumstances and the classification is within the general scope of this policy. Persons otherwise responsible for determining residence classification of Students may assist the committee in a consultative capacity. The decision of the committee in all cases will be final.


Residence classification information and the forms are available on each Purdue University campus's Office of the Registrar's website:


July 8, 2015: Contacts and Related Documents, Forms and Tools sections updated.

November 18, 2011: Policy number changed to II.D.1 (formerly II.6.1) and website address updated. Links in Related Documents section updated as well.

July 15, 2010: Significant revisions to the policy have been made and it has been formatted in the current University policy template. Approval of these revisions was granted by the Board of Trustees at their July 8-9, 2010, meeting.

This policy originated with Board of Trustees decision dated April 30, 1970. Board of Trustees revisions were made January 9, 1975, July 10, 1975, and May 31, 1997.


There are no appendices to this policy.

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